By : Ahmed Helmy
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has received a patent for its ‘Smart Fire Warning for Low Voltage Electrical Panels,’ a new addition to its track record of achievements and innovations. The device detects fires or their risks, and identifies causes, especially in connection points for electrical conductors and cables.
The use of this invention avoids carbon dioxide emissions, power supply interruption, employee accidents or equipment destruction. The patent was granted to DEWA in Austria.
“DEWA provides a positive, healthy and safe work environment that promotes innovation and unleashing the potential of employees. This increases individual and corporate competency according to the best international practices, enabling us to keep pace with rapid changes and contribute effectively to anticipating and shaping the future.
This supports the Dubai 10X initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai 10 years ahead of other cities through disruptive and innovative technologies. DEWA’s vision is guided by the words of His Highness who said: ‘Innovation is not an option but a necessity.
It is not a culture but work style, and governments and companies that do not innovate risk losing their competitiveness and falling far behind.’ We harness innovation and the latest technologies to enhance DEWA’s excellence and its leading position as one of the best utilities worldwide. We also support the UAE’s innovation journey,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
The new device supports DEWA’s efforts to achieve the highest health and safety standards in its different operations, as part of its responsibilities towards its staff, customers and society at large. These efforts have been crowned with receiving the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) from the international safety organisation UL in 2020. DEWA was the first utility in the Middle East to receive this global recognition.
DEWA was awarded the Sword of Honour for Health and Safety for the 13th time by the British Safety Council. In 2019, it won the Best Business Awards in the Health and Safety category, which is one of the most prestigious awards in the UK.